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Coalition Gets Slight Reprieve from Election Threats

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12 Mar 2018 (All day)
Coalition Gets Slight Reprieve from Election Threats
A deal to settle disputes over the 2019 state budget and the issue of draft deferments for Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) yeshiva students made progress on Monday, lowering but not eliminating the chances for early elections. Further negotiations between different factions within the coalition are necessary to finalize the pending legislation, with a vote to dissolve the Knesset and launch a new election campaign still possible later this week. Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit must also give his opinion on the legality of the proposed bill.
A sub-plot in the political drama of recent days was a mini-revolt by Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennet, who took to Twitter and several radio shows over the weekend to warn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to use the political crisis to initiate elections just to gain a fresh mandate ahead of Mandelblit’s pending announcement regarding the investigations police have conducted against the PM.
“Mr. Prime Minister Netanyahu: As long as you act for the good of the State of Israel, we will remain behind you,” Bennett wrote on Twitter. “If you topple a right-wing government and cause unnecessary elections for personal purposes, you will lose us.”

Iranian General Says Israel Afraid to Start a War
Iranian Maj.-Gen. Gholam Ali Rashid told local media on Sunday that Israel “has, more than the past, understood the Islamic Republic of Iran’s power in the region and will avoid testing it because it cannot manage confrontation against Iran and cannot bear its costs.” The statement was another in a litany of such remarks by senior Iranian military and political officials directed at Israel in recent days. In related news, a Swedish think tank released a report over the weekend showing that Saudi Arabia has spent massive sums on weapons and military equipment in recent years in response to Iran’s menacing rhetoric and regional expansionism.

The annual report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) was entitled “Asia and the Middle East lead rising trend in arms imports, US exports grow significantly” and included such details as a 103% increase in arms imports by Middle Eastern countries over the past five years, with the region accounting for 32% of the global total in 2017.

Here is a video about Iran’s threat to Israel

Palestinian Rioters Killed in Clashes with Israeli Security
Violent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian rioters in the West Bank over the weekend left two Palestinian man dead in separate incidents. In related news, Palestinian Authority General Intelligence Chief Majid Faraj was recovering from a heart operation at a hospital in the US, according to a PA statement. He received a hero’s welcome upon his return to the Palestinian village of Dehaishe, near Bethlehem, on Friday.

Israel Blesses the World
Ophthalmologists at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa recently announced plans to move to advanced testing of a special type of eyeglasses they’ve developed that can help people who have contracted vision problems due to diabetes. Israel’s high rates of diabetes has given impetus to the research, which gives hope to millions of people worldwide suffering from the negative side effects of the disease.

Today’s video gives a briefing on the canard of “Israeli Aparthaid”


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